Guus Hiddink: The Real Deal

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Guus Hiddink: The Real Deal

Guus Hiddink, can he be compared to Great Rinus Michels Ernst Happel or Sir Matt Busby? The answer is yes, you can. He plays attacking football, maybe not like Great Rinus or Michels Ernst Happel.

He won European Cup with a weak PSV side similar to Sir Matt Busby side in 1968 European cup where he have only one outstanding player George Best.

His First big deal as a manager came in 1986 with PSV where in won three titles in a row three KNVB Cup and a big thing European Cup in 1988 PSV 1986-1990.

Then in 1991 he was appointed as the manger of Valencia, where his outspoken nature was demonstrated when during a league game at Valencia's Estadio Mestalla, he ordered a racist banner to be removed from one of the stands.

His open attacking brand of football appealed to the Valencia team as well as to the rest of the Spanish Primera League.

Hiddink faced his biggest managerial challenge when he took over the reins of the Dutch national team on 1 January 1995,where he took charge of a team of talented individuals continually racked by internal arguments and disputes.

His usual 4-4-2 tactic of deploying wingers backed-up by central midfielders resulted in goals from defensive midfielders such as Philip Cocu and Edgar Davids.

Hiddink took a firm approach to the team, an example of which was demonstrated at Euro 1996 when Edgar Davids was sent home after an argument with Hiddink.

He was able to prevent further internal conflict in the 1998 FIFA World Cup where his team played some of the more entertaining football in that tournament.

The team beat Argentina in the quarter finals 2–1, then suffered a defeat at the hands of Brazil on penalties in the semifinal. This loss signaled an end of another era for Hiddink, as he resigned as Dutch national coach soon after.

In summer of 1998, his return to club football with Spanish giants Real Madrid where his remarks on board and finance got him sacked in February 1999.

2001: He was appointed as manager of South Korea, where he was criticized for not talking a job seriously, but then he proved to be the real deal by beating Poland and mighty Portugal in group stages.

Their second round opponents were Italy, who were defeated 2–1 after extra time in a game which recalled North Korea's victory in 1966 World Cup. The South Korean fans started dreaming about semifinals after their win over Raul's Spain on on penalties.

He Manged PSV from 2002-2006, where he won three league titles and one KNVB Cup.

2005: He took a job as Australian coach where he was knocked out in last eight QF by controversial penalty kick eight seconds from the end of normal time, which was converted by Francesco Totti.

This put Australia out of the World Cup.

Guus announced on Dutch tv that he will be taking charge of Russian football team where they managed to reach the semifinals. With victories against the Dutch national team in the quarter finals and defending champions Greece in the group stage.

Guus with Chelsea: He was approached by Roman Abramovich in 2008 after departure of Avran Grant but he extended his contract with Russia 'til 2010 World Cup and now he is with Chelsea for six month contract means 'tll summer of 2009.

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